Events: Workshops

Workshops

Why Aren't You at the Table?: Arts, Humanities, and Cultural Advocacy

John Nicholas Brown Center, 357 Benefit Street

Cultural leaders across the country hear this question as we recoil from yet another round of budget cuts to arts and cultural programs. We wonder why we aren't we better represented at the table of political decision makers.This seminar discussed how supporters of the arts, humanities, and cultural programs can earn a seat at the "table." Participants learned to navigate the political landscape in 2008 and beyond – as non-profit organizations and as citizens.

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Oral History and Community Programs

March 18, 2009 to June 1, 2009
John Nicholas Brown Center, 357 Benefit Street

Are you interested in starting an oral history project but unsure about where to begin or how to proceed? This workshop helped participants plan an oral history project; learn to conduct, record, and preserve oral interviews; and create innovative programming using your interviews. The session addressed how to define a project, find people to interview, develop interview topics and questions, record and preserve your interviews, create outreach and programming, and understand legal and ethical protocols.

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Stih and Schnock

John Nicholas Brown Center 357 Benefit Street

LIFE~BOAT: Collections and Hybridity  (a conceptual workshop for Artists) explores our relationship to and obsession with boats and the sea. The physical aspects of the uncontrolled, often dangerous, bodies of water are ever present as they create the psychological need to overcome nature’s force and to develop survival strategies.

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The Public Humanities Toolbox

John Nicholas Brown Center, Library 357 Benefit Street

Al Lees, co-developer of the Public Humanities Toolbox; Leah Nahmias, resident history educator at American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning and co-developer of the Public Humanities Toolbox

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What More is Happening in the Interview: The Potential of Oral History in the Peaceful Resolution of Conflict

John Nicholas Brown Center 357 Benefit Street

A Public Humanities Professional Workshop, with Jill Strauss, Educator and Independent Facilitator

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Introduction to Visual Thinking Strategies

John Nicholas Brown Center 357 Benefit Street

Art Museum educators and classroom teachers have been using the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) methodology for over twenty years to engage visitors and students of all ages in discussing works of art. Open-ended group discussions can provide amazing opportunities for students to share their voices, listen to their peers, and sharpen their critical thinking and communication skills.

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Collaborative Communities: Why We Need Them and How They Are Created

John Nicholas Brown Center 357 Benefit Street

Collaboration is an essential tool of any institution. How can members of the cultural and educational communities maximize the power of collaboration by reaching out beyond their own walls? How can community groups and organizations contribute to one another's success? How can we all better meet community needs through collaboration? Christina Bevilacqua and Amy Greer have found that building interdisciplinary collaborative relationships between organizations strengthens communities.

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Crafting a Moving Museum Experience

John Nicholas Brown Center 357 Benefit Street

Museums of the 21st century are vital, stimulating, visitor oriented places of learning. Museum Movement Techniques engages visitors intellectually, physically and emotionally in the process of making meaning for museum objects. Attendees will develop understanding of supportive theories, experience techniques, learn movement management skills, realize educational linking and understand assessment methods.

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Going Mobile with Public History: An Introduction to Mobile Interpretations and Technologies for Heritage Sites & Museums

Nightingale Brown House, 357 Benefit Street, Providence RI

In Going Mobile with Public History, Professor Mark Tebeau will explore the challenges of developing mobile interpretive strategies for a variety of cultural organizations, focusing on historical site and museums. He will theorize how mobile technologies are transforming the practice of cultural interpretation, with a focus on technologies, organizational strategies, and especially how to build interpretive programs around mobile technologies.

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Museums as Narration – Interactive Experiences and Multimedia Frescoes

Nightingale Brown House, 357 Benefit Street, Providence RI

A Workshop with Paolo Rosa, Founder of Studio Azzurro,Fitt Artist in Residence, Brown Creative Arts Council, and Luigi Di Corato, director, Siena Museums Foundation.

Free and Open to the Public

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Explorations in Large Scale Multimedia Installations

Nightingale Brown House, 357 Benefit Street, Providence RI

Multimedia design for cultural engagement benefits from holistic, integrated planning. In this workshop, we'll approach the combination of physical exhibits, web, and mobile design as an ecosystem through which to explicate core content concepts. We will investigate the strength and weaknesses of each form as a dialect of a central design language, discuss case studies of multimedia approaches, and workshop a design problem--thinking through both conceptual approaches and pragmatic considerations to articulate a framework for creating a master plan.

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Foodways: Where Food, History & Culture Meet

Nightingale Brown House, 357 Benefit Street, Providence RI

It’s said we are what we eat, but folklorists believe that what we eat symbolizes who we are. Food is central to our identities, and its customs, beliefs, production, preparation techniques and materials, display objects, rituals, and traditions are cultural artifacts called foodways. Foodways can teach larger lessons about culture--geography, history, herbal lore and folk medicine, natural resources, the built environment, economics, tourism, climatology, religion, adapting and adopting in a multicultural society, environmental sustainability, etc.--and about tradition and change.

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Private stories, public programs

357 Benefit Street (Rear Entrance) Providence, RI

The focus of this workshop is on how to tap into oral history collections to create compelling documentaries for public radio, exhibits and installations, and the web. Award-winning producer Kate Ellis will use examples from her own work and other journalists' to teach the ins and outs of using oral histories in public programs. She will also cover the art of finding and incorporating archival sound to bring a story to life.

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First Person Interpretation in Theory and Practice

This interactive workshop will offer a variety of perspectives on First Person interpretation as a Museum teaching tool. We will spend some time considering the theory and benefits/shortcomings of first person, as well as the variety of living history models currently practiced in Museums. Then, using our content and model at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, we will engage in the process of developing a first-person persona, and participate in a multi-sensory character-building workshop.

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Effective Self Presentation for Public Humanities Job Searching

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Stewardship at the Campaign Crossroads

(A workshop in the Public Humanities Professional Development Series)

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Academic Blogging, a Master Class

CareerLAB

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All About the Why: Understanding our Practices

Nightingale-Brown House

This series of workshops is for practitioners across mediums, roles, and institutions who want to deepen their understanding of the wellsprings of their work. Through a series of riddles and explorations, using images, maps, and playing with materials different from, but parallel to, our customary ones, we will investigate what makes our work uniquely ours. We will explore possibilities for opening up future work, and develop language to help us connect with future collaborators, partners, and places

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Master Class with Carla Maxwell, Limón Company artistic director

Granoff Center for the Creative Arts

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Digital media and its use in museums

Rockefeller Library

How are museums using digital media? How should they? Join Seb Chan, Director of Digital and Emerging Media at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, for a discussion of the ways that digital media are changing museums.

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